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Robert Morris is rising up to the challenge of its rival

Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole knows his team is in for a fight when it hosts the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night.  Toole, who could be coaching his last game with the Colonials, compared the first round NIT matchup to Rocky Balboa’s championship bout with Apollo Creed in Philadelphia.

“I feel like Rocky in Rocky 1 who just got his shot against the champions in our home city,” he said on ESPNU’s NIT selection special Sunday evening. “We’re extremely excited.”

Like Kentucky, Robert Morris is disappointed to be playing in the NIT after winning the Northeast Conference’s regular season crown, but the potential to upset a program like UK has the Colonial’s highly motivated to advance. Toole said he expects it to be a “crazy, crazy event” and his team will be prepared for the Cats.

It sounds like they’re amped up to go the distance.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for Robert Morris is rising up to the challenge of its rival

  1. downcline
    10:18 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    first and sigh

  2. Living in Paducah
    10:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s all hope the outcome is the same (or better) as in Rocky.
    Unfortunately, it looks as if we have thrown in the towel by agreeing to play on the road.

  3. cals right hand
    10:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Cats can’t win on the road. Robert Morris by 12.

  4. Could Be Ugly
    10:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This could be ugly, maybe even more so than the season up to this point. Robert Morris has everything to play for and I’m afraid that our team will not even show up. If they can show for Vandy in a major, make or break, game, how are we to expect that they will show up for this one. I’m afraid of the outcome of this, very afraid.

  5. Billy
    10:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This is what happens when you lap up the every word this “Snake Oil Salesman” spits out. It isnt that bad he has his cell network and “Cals Refuse to Lose” clothing line.He has 2 kids at Madison Central that are better than any guard they had. Ypui guys are hanging your hat on next years Twins. Hawkins ate them up this year.This guy cant evealuate talent. He recruites straight off the recruiting sites and then blames the kids when they dont pan out.

  6. barn
    10:31 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    5**’can’t evaluate talent’? so that’s why we didn’t win the nat’l championship his 1st 2 years here? you might be on to something billy braniac

  7. Bring Back Billy
    10:32 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Robert Morris kicks their ass on national TV and puts an end to the horror show……..

  8. Oogie
    10:32 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    They may just kick our asses all over that little gym.

  9. Jerk
    10:39 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    He’s not going to get a fight out of this bunch of losers, did he not watch any UK tape yet? And we all know who the Toole will be when this is over, piss poor excuse for a UK basketball team. No wonder Bobby Knight was so nice to us this year, unlike Cal, he saw it coming. Disgraceful! 3000 seats. I’m pretty sure our high school holds that many, and we are desperately rural !

  10. Jerk
    10:44 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Dats it fur me! Yard of dees losers!

  11. Dr. Wildcat
    10:44 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Robert Morris’s coach does realize Rocky LOSES the fight in Rocky I, right?

  12. Could Be Bad
    10:46 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This could be bad, very bad. Why didn’t we just say that our kids had to study for finals and we couldn’t make the trip to Philly? Maybe we could have said the school couldn’t scrape the money together to get there. Or maybe, we could say that we couldn’t find enough buyers for our allotment of tickets due to turkey season opening. I have a very bad feeling about this.

  13. Billy
    10:47 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    6 He could have ate popcorn in the stands with that team and they still would have won. Keep swallowing it all barn. He isnt in the top 75 as a x and o coach. He had allamericans this year. He recruited and evaluated them. If he cant win with them its his fault. This team wasnt prepared as good as half the H.S. teams in Ky. He put a street ball team out there and they did not improve all year. That is coaching period.

  14. Wouldn't Surprise Me
    10:48 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    It would not surprise me if half of this team has already left “school” and hired an agent. We may not have enough to play tomorrow evening.

  15. Billy
    10:51 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is a self promoting snake ils salesman. Comments made when the media walks by (I cant coach these guys) Its all about Cal. Ky fans will always go bak to last year this,last year this. BBN are fans of Ky period. I bet 65%f the Ky fans cant nme 10C cools of the aeof 5diffrent confrences. We are sheep believing ht we are sold.

  16. james
    10:52 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This is gonna be awful and these kids deserve every bit of it.. yeah i know their young and all but they have shown 0 effort!! I can handle a loss when we actually leave everything on the floor. i’m sick and tired of watching poythress walk around with his head down looking like he has no idea where he is even at. I have never been so ready to see a bunch of guys leave this program as i am now.

  17. Billy
    10:53 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wow I guess if you are anti Cal on here. You guys mess with the post to make a comment look idiotic.

  18. CATandMONKEY
    10:54 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Billy: there are several 12 step programs available……

  19. Lil c
    11:11 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This is Cal’s fault!!!!!! I WILL NOT WATCH THIS TEAM PLAY ANOTHER GAME!!!!!!!

  20. Terry
    11:13 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Great year to be a Card !!!!

  21. Knows better
    11:18 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Billy, proof read your post before you submit your comment. Or, you are and don’t know any better.

  22. Rockfield, KY
    11:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Technically, we aren’t even the defending national champions since we’re not defending it anymore.

  23. Dogwaller
    11:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s fault? Some player just can’t be motivated and unfortunately most of this team fits that mold. You can argue Cal’s coaching decisions but he has always been a master motivator so to think that he did not try everything under the sun to get this team on the same page is crazy. If they could not get mentally prepared to beat Vandy when an NCAA bid is on the line then how are they going to be prepeard for Robert Morris? I say play the guys who only want to be out there and let the chips fall where they may. We loose to Robert Morris, so be it. I would rather loose with guys giving 100% then win with guys give 50%. And for the record, the only guy that I might consider drafting from this group is WCS, the rest may have potential but they also have potential to suck!

  24. ukfaninoh
    11:32 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This is my observation of this team. I don’t think it was the lack of heart that doomed this team. The defense was awful. Almost every one of them was a step behind and got burned of the dribble. Look at the times Alex would foul out. Constantly getting burned. Harrow would have stupid reach in fouls because his man would get by him. Ever notice how Noel or WCS would lurk in the middle so he could help defend the man that blew away from his defender. Noel was quick and athletic enough to negate the bad defense. Wiltjer was too slow. Mays played decent defense but at times was too short for some of the teams the Cats played. Even Archie would be a step behind at times. This defense relied too much on Noel and when he got hurt WCS did his best but the defense just wasn’t the same. This team on offense was terrible. No one could create their own shot. There was no ball movement on offense. This team is just slow. Look at the lack of fast breaks. Our SG didn’t shoot and teams knew it. We played the same old offense game after game and it was predictable because we don’t have any play makers. Cal had to try an offense based on the slowness of the players. Archie was predictable on offense. Dribble in the middle full of defense and throw the ball up. Lack of an aggressive PG didn’t help either. Lack of FT shooting was another part that hurt. Look at some of the games that were lost where better FT shooting would make the difference. The players needed to spend more time in the gym working to get better. Of course this is my opinion.

  25. Matt
    11:42 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Is there even such as a thing as an “upset” in the NIT?

  26. Living in Paducah
    11:45 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Matt (25), Yes. Fans are upset that we are in the NIT.

  27. Matt
    11:48 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Touché, 26

  28. Ha
    12:01 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Good one #26

  29. When is the NIT a Good Thing?
    12:05 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The NIT can be a good thing for young emerging teams. It can build their confidence for the next year and give them several games in a tournament environment without being blown out in the big dance. As for our Kentucky team, they are only emerging from a long winter’s nap, to move to the NBA and subsequently to the D League. This is not a good thing for us.

  30. Billy
    12:08 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    23. Master motivator is not the same as a master salesman. You dont motivate by badgering your players in the press and from the sideline. If he is coaching in practice there is no reason to have to bark and run up and down the court during the game.Sit and manage your game plan. His teams are lost on defense and have not learned first grade fundamentals. The dribble drive offense has been played on the street for years. Use a playground offense you get playground results.

  31. Wildboi
    12:10 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    23) Noel has exponentially more potential than WCS-I would say that those 2 are ready (barring an ACL recovery)

  32. Billy
    1:09 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know shit…I just type what my dad tells me to write, or he will hit me with another PBR and let Uncle Billy have his way with me again. Gotta go get my thin beard colored in again at the jail, ta ta…..

  33. C-A-T-S
    1:17 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    If we make it to the elite 8 of the NIT we would likely be facing Baylor for the second time this season. Assuming both teams get that far, the game would be played at Rupp Arena right?

    Has UK ever lost to the same team twice in one season at home? Ever?

  34. Cawood's lil buddy
    7:19 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Did anyone else wonder why in the world Cal didn’t play Polson more in the Vandy game? I completely understand that Harrow is more athletic and is a better over all player. However, when Harrow was 1 for 9 the first half with 4 turnovers that’s a pretty good indication that he’s having another off night. It also seemed like when Polson was in the game, the offense ran better. Polson didn’t score but seemed to elevate the team to play better. Am I the only one that noticed that? It just seemed like Cal didn’t make the adjustment… when the team shoots 1 for 33 from beyond the arc against UCONN in the Elite Eight and yet we continue to jack up 3’s instead of getting it inside to Cousins.